Coffee Talk 06.28.20

Greetings! I was up with the birds this morning, how about you?

(That’s one of my mom’s favorite expressions. She probably got it from her mom. Isn’t it funny how those things come back to you?!?)

I keep waking up earlier and earlier, I guess because the sun keeps coming up earlier and earlier. Once the sunlight is streaming through my bedroom windows, I’m pretty much done. I can’t sleep any longer.

It doesn’t even feel early, it’s been so bright lately. And then I get downstairs, start making my coffee, and look at the clock… and it’s like 5:15. Ooops!

That’s good though. It just gives me more time to get stuff done.

We’ve been enjoying going Green this weekend, here in southeastern PA. (That’s how our governor is doing our phases of reopening — Red, Yellow, Green. 🚦)

So far, I’ve had my microblading touchup appointment and a mani/pedi, and we’re hosting a small gathering (outside) this evening as a farewell to our very good friends who are moving out of state in a few weeks.

I’m very aware of what is going on in other states, and I know how quickly we can turn all of our hard work around. I’m trying to be very careful and take all precautions, but we were on lockdown longer than pretty much anywhere else in the country, so I’m definitely going to enjoy this newfound freedom while I can.

Let’s see… what else?

I had some tests done this week, as we’re still trying to diagnose where my hip pain is coming from. (I always call it hip pain, but honestly, it’s under my bum. Is there a nice word for that area?)

I never heard it called your bum until I went to college in New England. Does anyone else say that?

Anyway, we’ll go with it for now.

I got the x-ray results back, but not the MRI. There appears to be some trace retrolisthesis going on, which I had to google. I guess it’s when one of your vertebrae has slipped backward.

My PT looked at the results and said it looks mild, but it definitely can explain my symptoms, and it appears she was right when she said the labral hip tear may not be what is causing my pain.

She’s been working on my back for weeks, and I would say there is some mild improvement in my symptoms, but they’re still there. I’m still only walking a mile or two at a time, and running is pretty much out of the question.

I have been working out with my trainer again, which makes me nervous, but I have to do something. I can’t become an invalid at age 47.

Oh, speaking of 47… I was included in a roundup of over-50 Fashion Bloggers to Follow on Instagram this week.  😂

I don’t know whether to be flattered to be included, or insulted that someone assumed I’m over 50. LOL!!!

No, seriously, if the dear soul is reading this, rest assured, I’m going with the former. I’m flattered, and pleased to be included in the company of such lovely ladies.

ANYWHO. The other test I had was bloodwork to see about my hypothyroid situation. I’ve been on a small dose of Armour Thyroid for the past couple of months because my TSH levels were elevated.

(They always are, and I’ve been on and off meds for years. I don’t have any symptoms that I can pinpoint, and honestly, when I go on the meds is when my hair starts thinning, so I would rather not be on it at all. But my doctor thinks the thyroid condition may be related to some other unpleasant issues I’ve been having, so I’m back on it again.)

If my numbers are still too high, she will increase my dosage. I was hoping IF would help with the thyroid, but there was no change as of early March.

Yes, I’m still intermittent fasting. In fact, I just got Gin’s newest book — Fast, Feast, Repeat.

It is much better organized than her first book, Delay Don’t Deny, which I always hesitate to recommend because I found it a little disjointed.

Now I know that it was self-published, and she wrote it fairly quickly, having no idea it would become so popular. It was a lot of her personal story, whereas her newer book is intended to be more of a resource.

Plus, there has been a lot of science to come out about IF since then, so Fast, Feast, Repeat has more of that as well. I highly recommend it if you’ve been curious about IF, or if you’ve tried it and felt like it didn’t work for you. Or even if you’re doing IF and want more knowledge about it.

I also highly recommend Dr. Fung’s The Obesity Code. (You don’t have to be obese to benefit from the information in the book.)

It’s very enlightening as to why we gain weight, and why most diets only work for a time. If you’ve ever been frustrated by the yo-yo of weight loss/gain/loss/gain, you need to read this book. That’s my PSA for the day.

Actually, I have two. The other is fashion-related.

The next Adore Your Wardrobe Course starts on Wednesday, and Kelly has added one final bonus to sweeten the deal. When you enroll for the July session, you get access to her Buying Guides By Body Type.

These guides contain 13 curated outfits, plus three remixes for all four seasons that are specific to body types. It’s a $75 value, and it’s only available to students who sign up for the July session.

I found her courses so helpful for learning how to dress my individual body type. If that’s something you struggle with, I highly recommend them — all of them. (I’ve only done the first two, but I’m sure the third is amazing as well.)

Okay, that’s it for me! I’m off to take a walk before it gets too hot.

I hope you have a spectacular Sunday!